“Slobodka” is a name that conjures up images of intellectual excellence, spiritual striving, and almost incredible sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others. The Holocaust has robbed us of that historic Torah academy that shaped two generations of Eastern Euroupean Jewry and whose distinguished alumni built many of the New World’s foremost Torah institutions.
But an outstanding bearer of Slobodka’s legacy continues to teach, guide, and inspire, in the tradition of his forebears.
Rabbi Henach Leibowitz has been the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbi Yisroel Meir HaKohen for fifty years. During that time he has been a radiant, living example of the ideals of the great Lithuanian yeshivos.
In this book, his students gather many of the ideas and teachings that they have absorbed from Rabbi Leibowitz. Beautifully written, it explores human nature from the perspective of the Torah. It deals with goals and pitfalls, longing and frustration, vision and shortsightedness. It reveres the human potential -- the majesty of man -- and seeks to channel it toward growth, happiness, and fulfillment.
Like Rabbi Leibowitz himself, his talks have brought hope and aspiration to countless people. Through this book, his devoted students introduce a great man and his moving ideas to a newer, broader public. It is an outstanding work and a great public service